San Jose Sharks: 5 free-agent forwards that can replace Barclay Goodrow

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2. Riley Sheahan, C/LW

Riley Sheahan was a first-round (21st overall) pick back in 2010. Now 28-years-old, he’s pretty much a bust not being much more than a bottom-six forward.

Over his nine-year NHL career, Sheahan has played in over 500 games and registered over 160 points. He spent his first seven years with the Detroit Red Wings but has suited up for three different teams since.

In 66 games for the Edmonton Oilers this season, Sheahan scored 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and posted an average ice-time of 12:48. He did alright in the faceoff circles with a FO% of 49. Sheahan was also a large part of the Oilers penalty kill, having 155:16 penalty kill minutes.

Sheahan has been playing on one-year deals the last two seasons, but at age 28, it’s possible that he could get a two or three-year deal. His cap hit this season was just $900,000 and I can’t really see him get much more than that for his next deal — maybe at most $1 million.

If the Sharks decide to go after Sheahan, he should be a short-term option at a low cost. He’s nothing more than a bottom-six forward that can kill penalties, as well.